This is a cider made with characteristic New England apples for relatively high acidity, with additives to raise alcohol levels and contribute additional flavor notes.
Substantial body and character. Typically relatively dry, but can be somewhat sweet if in balance and not containing hot alcohol.
Clear to brilliant, pale to medium yellow.
Aroma / Flavor
A flavorful cider with robust apple character, strong alcohol, and derivative flavors from sugar additives; traditionally dry.
Substantial, alcoholic. Moderate tannin.
Apple Varieties: Northern Spy, Roxbury Russet, Golden Russet, Baldwin, etc.; many traditional New England apples.
Entrants MUST specify if the cider was barrel-fermented or aged. Entrants MUST specify carbonation level (3 levels). Entrants MUST specify sweetness (5 levels).
1.060 - 1.100
0.995 - 1.020
7% - 13%